By: Diane Benjamin
You can listen to the debate last night at this link. Watch who reads their answers and who answers from convictions. The questions asked were what can be expected from a public radio station.
One thing was clear: Jackie Gunderson is a social justice warrior and big government fan. If you want four years of wealth redistribution and LBGTQ issues, she’s your candidate. She wants to spread public housing around the community. If you aren’t aware of that playbook, the scheme was started under Obama because it isn’t fair you live in a safe part of town in a nice house while public housing isn’t available next door to you.
Voters would learn much more about the candidates from long form interviews with Steve Suess: https://blnnews.com/2021/02/28/the-best-source-for-candidate-information/
Gunderson has refused to appear, last I heard Straza hadn’t responded to Steve’s request. I believe Mwilambwe will be on Saturday.
In 2019 only 4,750 out of 50,417 registered voters bothered to show up in Bloomington. This election included other offices besides Council. School Board, Heartland, and Township offices were also elected. Less than 10% cared. Wondering why your kids aren’t in school? That is why. https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/IL/Bloomington/95372/Web02.226438/#/
Renner was reelected in 2017. There were 49,849 registered voters. Renner was picked by just 6,068. Only 10,812 bothered to vote – less than 22%. https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/IL/Bloomington/66841/185906/en/summary.html
Since the voters don’t bother to inform themselves and show up on election day, the worst candidates have no problem winning.
April 6th you need to do better.